Journal of the House of Lords Volume 26, 1741-1746. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Anno 17o Georgii Secundi.
DIE Martis, 22o Novembris.
Domini Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
The Lord Chancellor acquainted the House, "That His Majesty had been pleased to cause a Commission to be issued under the Great Seal, for the further proroguing of the Parliament."
Then Three of the Lords Commissioners (in their Robes) being seated on a Form placed between the Throne and the Woolsack; the Lord Chancellor in the Middle; and the Earl Fitzwalter on his Right Hand; and the Lord Viscount Torrington on his Left; commanded the Deputy Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to let the Commons know, "That the Lords Commissioners desire their immediate Attendance in this House, to hear the Commission read."
Who being come, with their Speaker;
The Commission was read, by the Clerk, as follows:
Commission for proroguing the Parliament.
"George the Second, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. To Our most Dear and Entirely beloved Son and most Faithful Counsellor Frederick Prince of Wales, Our most Dear Son and Faithful Counsellor William Duke of Cumberland; the most Reverend Father in God and Our Faithful Counsellor John Archbishop of Canterbury Primate and Metropolitan of all England; Our Well-beloved and Faithful Counsellor Philip Lord Hardwicke Our Chancellor of Great Britain; the most Reverend Father in God and Our Faithful Counsellor Thomas Archbishop of York Primate and Metropolitan of England; Our most Dear Cousin and Counsellor William Earl of Harrington President of Our Council; Our Well-beloved and Faithful Counsellor John Lord Gower Keeper of Our Privy Seal; Our most Dear Cousins and Counsellors Lionel Duke of Dorset Steward of Our Household; Charles Duke of Grafton Chamberlain of Our Household, Charles Duke of Somerset, Charles Duke of Richmond, Charles Duke of Bolton, William Duke of Devonshire, John Duke of Rutland, John Duke of Montagu, Archibald Duke of Argyll, James Duke of Athol, Peregrine Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven Great Chamberlain of England, Thomas Holles Duke of Newcastle One of Our Principal Secretaries of State, James Duke of Chandos, John Marquis of Tweeddale One of Our Principal Secretaries of State, Henry Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, Philip Earl of Chesterfield, Daniel Earl of Winchilsea and Nottingham, Richard Earl of Burlington, William Earl of Coventry, Henry Earl of Grantham, Francis Earl Godolphin, George Earl Cholmondeley Chancellor of Our Dutchy of Lancaster, Benjamin Earl Fitzwalter Treasurer of Our Household, Robert Earl of Offord, William Earl of Bath, Henry Viscount Lonsdale, Richard Viscount Cobham, Pattee Viscount Torrington; the Right Reverend Father in God and Our Faithful Counsellor Edmund Lord Bishop of London; and Our Well-beloved and Faithful Counsellors John Lord Carteret One of Our Principal Secretaries of State, John Lord Delawarr, Charles Lord Cornwallis, Allen Lord Bathurst, and John Lord Monson, Greeting. Whereas We did lately, for divers difficult and pressing Affairs, concerning Us, the State and Defence of Our Kingdom of Great Britain and the Church, ordain this Our present Parliament to begin, and to be held at Our City of Westminster, the Twenty-fifth Day of June, in the Fifteenth Year of Our Reign; which Our Parliament from thenceforth was prorogued, by Our several Writs, until and to the First Day of December, in the Fifteenth Year aforesaid, and there lately holden; and from thence, by several Adjournments and Prorogations, was adjourned and prorogued to and until Tuesday the Twenty-second Day of this Instant November, then to be held, and sit at Our City of Westminster aforesaid: Know ye nevertheless, that, for certain pressing Causes and Considerations Us especially moving, We have thought fit further to prorogue Our said Parliament: Therefore We, considing very much in your Fidelity, Prudence, and Circumspection, have, by the Advice and Consent of Our Council, assigned you Our Commissioners; giving to you, or any Three or more of you, by virtue of these Presents, full Power and Authority, from the said Twenty-second Day of this Instant November, in Our Name, further to prorogue and continue Our present Parliament, at Our City of Westminster aforesaid, until and unto Thursday the First Day of December now next following, there then to be held and sit: And therefore We command you, that you diligently attend to the Premises, and effectually fulfil them in the Manner aforesaid. We also strictly command all and singular Our Archbishops, Dukes, Marquises, Earls, Viscounts, Bishops, Barons, Knights, Citizens, Burgesses, and Commissioners for Our Counties and Boroughs, and all others whom it concerns to meet at Our said Parliament, by virtue of these Presents, that they observe, obey, and assist you, in executing the Premises, as they ought to do. In Witness whereof, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent.
"Witness Ourself, at Westminster, the Twenty-first Day of November, in the Seventeenth Year of Our Reign.
"By the King Himself, signed with His own Hand.
The Commission being ended;
The Lord Chancellor said,
"My Lords, and Gentlemen,
"By virtue of His Majesty's Commission to us and other Lords directed, and now read, we do, in His Majesty's Name, and in Obedience to His Commands, further prorogue this Parliament to Thursday the First Day of December next, to be then here held: And this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Thursday the First Day of December next."
May 2d, 1744.
Hitherto examined by us,
Oxford & Mortimer.